Selected Reading

Quick Quotes

The peace that reigns in human hearts as God’s unity makes men bearers and builders of universal peace. All spirits of unpeace, of war and civil war, the spirits of competition and property, are banished by the Church of God.

- Eberhard Arnold

The peace of God brings the strength of the life of God. It brings the power of His love. It consists of active service. It lives in deed. To the first call, “Lay down your arms!” belongs the second, “Take up your tools!”

- Eberhard Arnold

Hands off anything that causes hatred or unpeace! We must live like Jesus. He helped everyone, soul and body. We cannot go along with anything that harms people. As friends of peace we have to stay clear of any business practice or political activity that is not as Jesus would have it. The whole of our life must be dedicated to love. Our calling is not to use governmental force but to live the life of Jesus, who only loved and never had anyone put to death.

- Eberhard Arnold, April 1934

Additional Reading for Nonviolence

God’s Revolution
Are you tired of answers that ignore the root causes of human suffering? This topically arranged selection of writings by Eberhard Arnold, who left a career and the established church in order to live out the Gospel, calls us to a completely different way.
An Embassy Besieged
This is an amazing account of a community who stayed true to the nonviolent way of the Cross, and how, despite relentless Nazi opposition, God protected and victoriously led them along the way.
Zeugnis, Liebe und Wiederstand: Der Rhönbruderhof 1933–1937
An in depth account of the Bruderhof’s (and Eberhard's) confrontation with the Nazi regime from 1933–1937. Only available in German.
Salt and Light
Seventeen challenging talks and essays on the Sermon on the Mount, by a writer who believes their demands are viable and inescapable – and must be lived out today.
Eberhard Arnold: Writings Selected
Whether you’ve never read Eberhard Arnold before, or have already been profoundly affected by one of his books, this introductory selection from many of his important works will surprise and challenge you.